The British Ambassador (Lindsay) to the Secretary of State
Sir: I have the honour to refer to my note No. 428 of December 3rd2 regarding the Revised Collision Regulations proposed by the International Conference on the Safety of Life at Sea, 1929, and under instructions from His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to transmit to you herewith a copy of a memorandum embodying certain suggestions put forward by the Governments of Belgium and Japan and the Netherlands, and by His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom for the amendment of the revised text of the regulations proposed at the Conference.
I am to inform you that as the suggested amendments are only such as would appear to be desirable in order to make the intention of the regulations clear or to give formal sanction to existing practices in the interests of safe navigation, and as they would only affect comparatively few vessels of special types, His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom would propose that they should be embodied in the Revised Regulations. It is hoped that the United States Government will feel able to concur in the amendments proposed.
The majority of the Governments concerned have already, either directly or indirectly, signified their acceptance of the Revised Regulations and certain Governments have, moreover, intimated their desire to be informed of the date of operation proposed by His Majesty’s Government in sufficient time to enable the adoption of the [Page 904]Revised Regulations to be announced at least six months before they are to become operative. I am to inform you that in the opinion of His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom the 1st January 1933 might well be fixed as the date for the simultaneous adoption of the Revised Regulations, including the additional amendments suggested in the enclosed memorandum.
His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom hope that the proposed date for bringing the Revised Regulations into force will be agreeable to the United States Government and they would be glad to receive the views of the United States Government on this matter at latest by the 1st March 1932.
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